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  • California Governor Hails Transformation of State’s Economy [semi-satire]

    11/24/2015 10:30:03 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire | 22 Nov 2015 | John Semmens
    A report indicating that 9,000 businesses have relocated headquarters and other operating units outside of California in the last seven years was hailed by Governor Jerry Brown (D) as "encouraging news." According to the report prepared by Joseph Vranich, a site selection consultant and president of Irvine, California-based Spectrum Location Solutions, the exiting companies experienced cost-savings of 20-35%. "Some will try to characterize this as a loss for the state, but I don't see it that way," Brown said. "Wage-slavery is one the greatest infringements on personal freedom in our time. By inducing 9,000 exploiters to leave we are reducing...
  • Judge OKs punitive damages in California gender bias case

    03/21/2015 7:26:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies ^ | March 21, 2015 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California trial judge ruled Saturday that a woman suing a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in a high-profile gender bias case may seek punitive damages that could add tens of millions of dollars to the $16 million in lost wages and bonuses she is pursuing. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn denied a request by lawyers for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to have Ellen Pao's demand for unspecified punitive damages thrown out. Pao, the interim CEO of the news and social networking site Reddit, claims she was passed over for a promotion at...
  • Walker’s anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin [grab a cup of coffee and curl up with this]

    02/22/2015 11:48:49 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    KING, Wis. — At the old union hall here on a recent afternoon, Terry Magnant sat at the head of a table surrounded by 18 empty chairs. A members meeting had been scheduled to start a half-hour earlier, but the small house, with its cracked walls and loose roof shingles, was lonely and desolate. “There used to be a lot more people coming,” said Magnant, a 51-year-old nursing assistant, sighing. The anti-union law passed here four years ago, which made Gov. Scott Walker a national Republican star and a possible presidential candidate, has turned out to be even more transformative...
  • Anti-business Policies and the Liberty of Risk

    10/05/2014 4:29:51 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/14 | Alan Joel
    Obama Administration has decided to wage war on business inversions, by declaring companies who wish to move their headquarters abroad to be "unpatriotic", and "tax dodgers" Ben Casselman penned a piece a year agoin the Wall Street Journal, which documented the decline of risk-taking in business ventures. Hard data showed that both the number of new companies and the use of venture capital is waning. He rightfully suggested that this downward trend is a major contributor to the fact that the recovery from the recent recession is so painfully slow and anemic. Casselman went on to explain that economists aren’t...
  • Treasury: Employers must “self-attest” that ObamaCare not behind staffing decisions

    02/12/2014 3:17:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2-11-14 | Ed Morrissey
    Full Title: Treasury: Employers must “self-attest” that ObamaCare not behind staffing decisions – under penalty of perjury Old and busted: Businesses will love ObamaCare for its cost savings in health care! New hotness: Businesses had better not make staffing decisions based on cost savings from ObamaCare-fueled price spikes! After its latest delay in implementing the employer mandate, the Obama administration rebuffed criticisms that the law incentivizes employers to shift to part-time work by announcing the Treasury Inquisition — ahem, excuse me, the Treasury Attestation Department: The latest announcement comes after the administration heard from businesses about their concerns with the...
  • Obama calls for raising minimum wage to $9 an hour

    02/12/2013 9:07:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2013 9:19 PM EST | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama wants an increase in the minimum hourly wage from the current $7.25 to $9 by the end of 2015. Obama also proposes the minimum wage be required to keep pace with inflation. … The proposal, which Obama made during his State of the Union address Tuesday, is sure to draw opposition from business groups and congressional Republicans who say higher rates increase costs and reduce employment. …
  • Proposition 37: Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food

    10/21/2012 8:06:01 PM PDT · by RushingWater · 385 replies
    KABC TV Los Angelos ^ | 10/05/2012 | Robert Holguin
    GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Proposition 37 is a measure to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. There are two sides to this contentious issue.
  • Valero tightlipped about rumored sale of Benicia oil refinery

    10/24/2012 9:10:53 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Vallejo Times-Herald ^ | 10/24/12 | Tony Burchyns
    BENICIA -- Rumors are swirling that Valero is putting its two California oil refineries on the market, including one in Benicia that is the city's largest employer. The speculation follows a Wall Street Journal report last week that said the San Antonio-based company has enlisted Citigroup Inc. to help find a buyer for the facilities. The article cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter. Valero operates a 78,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Wilmington outside Los Angeles and a 132,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Benicia. Together, the plants represent about 10 percent of the company's U.S. refining capacity. Valero, which has been critical of California's...
  • California has reason to worry about its business climate

    05/20/2012 12:42:03 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/20/12 | Dan Walters
    The Los Angeles Times published an article last week about Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's efforts to recruit California businesses to his state, citing complaints about California's business climate.Gov. Jerry Brown's spokesman, Gil Duran, told the Times in response, "This is a Republican myth that is often repeated yet simply not true. Reputable studies have shown that businesses are not fleeing the state for the cold, empty and desolate hinterlands."The response typified the Capitol's dismissive attitude toward any suggestion that we have become economically uncompetitive. . . . Making California hospitable to that job-creating investment should be Job No. 1 in...
  • Small firms give California an "F" grade

    05/10/2012 6:23:36 AM PDT · by freedombiz · 13 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5-10-12 | Jan
    Owners of small service businesses give California an F grade for business friendliness, according to an online survey by, a website for service companies. It is the second survey in a week that gives the Golden State black marks by business owners. Chief Executive magazine recently released its annual survey of Best and Worst States for business, which ranked California 50th for the eighth straight year.
  • I saw Lorax with the's my review

    03/11/2012 7:40:44 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 179 replies
    March 11, 2012 | Jeff Head
    I saw Lorax yesterday with five of my grankids, ages 10 down to 5. It was a fun kids movie, but clearly slanted towards environmentalism and particularly with an anti-business and anti-lumber company...really, and anti-capitalism bias. On the way home it provided teaching moments. I asked the kids how many of them did not like lumber companies that cut down and harvest trees and why. All of them said they did not like them because they are "stealing our air," hurting animals, and destroying their places to live. I pointed to the Boise Mountains which we could see from the...
  • General Electric Antares Group living BIG!

    02/14/2012 5:45:17 PM PST · by WellyP · 9 replies
    WellyP | 14 Feb. 2012 | WellyP
    General Electric Antares Group living BIG at Beaver Creek Resort with private ski instructors at $745 USD a day for EACH PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR! (Not what the teachers make, that's what the ski school gets to rent a private instructor for ONE DAY.) They are getting private race coaching and rented the NASTAR Race Course for most of today. Private racing for GE HONCHOS! After he passed on this information I went to and found the race, complete with names. I wasn't sure everyone on the list was connected with GE Antares because there are a bunch of Colorado addresses....
  • California air board to vote on landmark electric-car rules

    01/25/2012 7:56:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/25/12 | Paul Rogers
    In a move that could reshape the American automobile industry, California regulators Thursday are expected to approve sweeping new rules requiring that 15 percent of new cars sold in California by 2025 run on electricity, hydrogen or other systems producing little or no smog. The regulations by the California Air Resources Board, dubbed the "advanced clean car rules," would start in 2018, ramping up each year and ultimately resulting in 1.4 million "zero emission" vehicles on California roads by 2025. Today there are only about 10,000 such vehicles in the state. "This is a really large step. It's transformational," said...
  • Company's departure a sign state's business climate is in the trash

    12/19/2011 5:55:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 58 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/19/11 | Ted Gaines
    An ugly scene in the California economy played out in our own backyard this week, as Waste Connections, Sacramento's most valuable company, announced that it is moving its corporate headquarters – and the 100 jobs that go with it – to a Houston suburb. Waste Connections was a shining star in local business, starting here 15 years ago as a one-man shop and growing into a 6,500-employee behemoth operating in 30 states. But CEO and founder Ron Mittelstaedt has finally had enough of California's hostile, complex, expensive business environment and decided to pull up his stakes and head to greener...
  • Airlines issue warning about effects of new taxes (Hussein wants everyone to pay more to fly!)

    10/21/2011 5:07:21 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/17/11 | G Karp
    Airlines with a big presence in Chicago say proposed new federal taxes aimed at reducing the federal budget deficit could cost jobs and limit flights to and from smaller markets in Illinois... Airline taxes proposed by the White House and being considered by a Congressional committee include a tax of $100 per take-off for both passenger and cargo flights. A second tax would be on airfares, doubling the current $2.50 passenger security tax to $5 and eventually – by 2017 – to $7.50.
  • A FORBES article on OBAMA that will BLOW YOUR MIND

    10/17/2011 2:25:06 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 09/9/2010 | Dinesh D'Souza
    An oldie but goody. Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions but in the trillions. He has expanded the federal government's control over home mortgages, investment banking, health care, autos and energy. The Weekly Standard summarizes Obama's approach as omnipotence at home, impotence abroad. The President's actions are so bizarre that they mystify his critics and supporters alike. Consider this headline from the Aug. 18, 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal: "Obama Underwrites...
  • Is Obama Administration the Most Anti-Business in Recent Memory?

    10/13/2011 7:15:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Specator ^ | 10/13/2011 | By Gary Shapiro
    Is the Obama Administration the most anti-business administration in our lifetime? Recently, I was invited to CNBC's Kudlow Report where I had the joy of debating former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean and BET founder Robert Johnson on that very question. During the course of that interview, Dean -- naturally -- argued that in fact Americans' animosity was directed primarily at business these days, which is about as absurd and counter-factual a position as one can take. However, I was pleasantly surprised when Johnson, an Obama supporter and also a business owner, generally agreed with my views on the...
  • Court says cities can ban layoffs by new owners

    07/19/2011 9:40:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 98 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/19/11 | Bob Egelko
    California cities can protect workers from being fired immediately when their company changes owners, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.The 6-1 decision reinstated a Los Angeles ordinance, struck down by lower courts, that required supermarkets to keep their workforce for 90 days after a new owner takes over. Similar laws covering different industries are in effect in other cities - including Oakland, San Jose, Berkeley and Emeryville - and the state also has a law protecting janitors who work for building contractors. "When you're keeping a business open and all you're doing is changing the name
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Mayor signs Yellow Pages law restricting distribution

    05/26/2011 10:19:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/26/11 | Rachel Gordon, John Coté
    Mayor Ed Lee quietly signed into law a ban on the unsolicited distribution of Yellow Pages in San Francisco - a regulation that already has drawn a threat of a lawsuit from the trade group that represents the commercial phone book industry. "While we regret having to take this action and sincerely hope that litigation can still be avoided, we cannot stand idly by as our members' constitutional rights are trampled by a city once known for its tolerance and protection of civil rights," William Champion III, an attorney for the Local Search Association (until recently the Yellow Pages Association),...
  • Hair braider says Utah cosmetology law is unfair

    04/28/2011 7:44:23 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 26 replies
    AP/Google News ^ | 4/27/2011 | N/A
    A part-time hair braider sued Utah on Tuesday, claiming the state's requirements to obtain a cosmetology license are irrelevant to her job and an unconstitutional infringement on her right to earn a living. Jestina Clayton learned how to braid hair as a 5-year-old in her West African home country of Sierra Leone. Now living outside Salt Lake City, the 28-year-old said she braids hair as a side business to support her two children while her husband finishes school. Last year, Clayton discovered her business was illegal without a license. Utah law requires anyone working with hair, including hair braiders, to...
  • Obama to Boeing: Drop Dead

    04/21/2011 5:02:28 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 52 replies ^ | 4/21/2011 | Claire Berlinski
    This could well be the most outrageous insult yet to the free market economy: In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina. Do I need to explain how many kinds of wrong this is? Not only is the federal government saying to Boeing that it gets to decide where it...
  • Strange encounters in Texas between Gavin Newsom, anti gay marriage politicos

    04/15/2011 5:29:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 4/15/11 | Nolan Hicks, Houston Chronicle
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Molly Ivins once described the Texas Legislature as the best form of free entertainment in a city that bills itself as the live music capital of the world. From quips about shrinking government to the point where you can fit it in a uterus, to an amendment to a budget bill that would have require 10 percent courses offered by universities to focus on Western Civilization, the Texas Legislature has managed to live up to that billing once again this session. Adding to the theater over the past couple of days: A visit from a delegation of...
  • Promise of higher energy costs was fulfilled

    04/08/2011 1:11:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 4/8/11 | Editor
    President Barack Obama held a town hall meeting Wednesday at a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Fairless Hills, Penn., to promote his energy agenda. Not everyone in the audience was receptive to his message. When one man failed to clap as Obama talked about government forcing higher fuel efficiency standards (which, contrary to the president, did not reduce U.S. oil imports a single drop), Obama teased him: "If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting eight miles a gallon — [laughter] — you may have a big family. ... How many you have? Ten kids, you...
  • A small businessman’s plea to Obama — you’re killing us

    03/29/2011 8:52:46 AM PDT · by bigbob · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-26-11 | Wayne Allyn Root
    I’ve started more than a dozen small businesses. I’ve paid payrolls, health insurance, payroll taxes, workers comp, and unemployment insurance for hundreds of employees. Because of that, my employees were able to pay their mortgages, buy groceries, send their kids to college, and provide for their families. For one small business, I spent about $50 million on things like advertising, marketing, promotion, lawyers and accountants. That money enriched and employed thousands of others. And that’s just one small business. Think of the impact that thirty million small business owners have on the U.S. economy. No wonder we create 70% or...
  • Glenn Beck reveals the Left’s Economic Terrorism Playbook: THE CHASE CAMPAIGN

    03/22/2011 8:44:34 AM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 70 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | Mar. 22, 2011 | Andrea Shea King
    . . . . .NOTE:  This post will be constantly updated with more details throughout the Glenn Beck radio program.  Glenn has announced that copies of this have been delivered to JP Morgan Chase, the FBI, and the Justice Department.[youtube=] "Steven Lerner, reported to have visited the White House on at least four separate occasions, formerly of SEIU and the architect of the SEIU's groundbreaking Justice for Janitors campaign.  He led the union's banking and finance campaign and has partnered with unions and groups in Europe, South American and elsewhere in campaigns to hold financial institutions accountable. As director of...
  • Former SEIU Official Reveals Secret Plan To Destroy JP Morgan, Crash

    03/22/2011 9:21:01 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 22, 2011 | Henry Blodget
    FULL Title - Former SEIU Official Reveals Secret Plan To Destroy JP Morgan, Crash The Stock Market, And Redistribute Wealth In America A former official of one of the country's most-powerful unions, SEIU, is detailing a secret plan to "destabilize" the country. Specifically, the plan seeks to destroy JP Morgan, nuke the stock market, and weaken Wall Street's grip on power, thus creating the conditions necessary for a redistribution of wealth and a change in government. The former SEIU official, Stephen Lerner, spoke in a closed session at a Pace University forum last weekend.
  • Doofuses smart with their own money (Bank CEO's knew when to sell)

    03/14/2011 7:49:53 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 9 replies ^ | 12 March 2011 | Loren Steffy
    The Doofus Defense is under attack. As longtime readers know, I coined that term leading up to the trial of Enron executives Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, who, facing criminal charges, suddenly claimed to be woefully ignorant of their company's actions. In the recent financial crisis, bank executives were among the biggest doofuses (doofi?). Most insisted they couldn't have seen the crisis coming. No one could. It was — cue the Wall Street cliché machine - "the perfect storm." Consider, for example, Lehman Brothers, whose bankruptcy precipitated the Great Recession in September 2008. Lehman's CEO, Dick Fuld, had one reported...
  • Hackers Just Released Damning Trove Of Emails About Bank Of America And Its Mortgage Practice

    03/14/2011 7:21:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/2011 | Katya Wachtel
    Hacker group Anonymous (aka OperationLeaks on Twitter) just released what they say is a trove of damning documents on Bank of America.You can find them here: bankofamericasuck.comRemember, at this point, we can't verify whether they are legitimate or not, but Gawker's Adrien Chen, who has sources within Anonymous, suggest there's something real to the leaks.Anonymous says the emails deal with BofA's mortgage practices, but the source is not an employee of Bank of America proper -- the source is a former employee from Balboa Insurance, a firm which used to be owned by BofA. Click here to see what Bank...
  • Hackers Just Released What They Say Is A Damning Trove Of Emails About Bank Of America...

    03/13/2011 11:43:53 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/14/2011 | Business Insider
    Hacker group Anonymous (aka OperationLeaks on Twitter) just released what they say is a trove of damning documents on Bank of America. You can find them here:
  • State stands up to anti-tax attack

    03/04/2011 3:30:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 77 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/11 | Andrew S. Ross
    Is getting nervous? How else to explain its intemperate letter threatening to put more than 10,000 Californians out of work should the state even think about enforcing the collection of unpaid sales taxes on Amazon and other Internet retailers? "I'm not surprised by what Amazon's done," said Board of Equalization Chairwoman Betty Yee. "I think it's their way of getting California to back off." Support has been growing for legislation, backed by Yee, that would clear the way to collect an estimated $1.145 billion in unpaid taxes that out-of-state online merchants such as Amazon, and catalog houses such L.L....
  • CALIFORNIA: Democrats introduce bill targeting unnecessary regulations

    02/16/2011 9:50:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 2/16/11 | Torey Van Oot
    What could compel a trio of Senate Democrats as well as environmental and business leaders to come together and start combing through 28,000 pages of state regulations? "We want to talk about Section one-oh-one-oh-hundred-point-one here today," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said as he scanned one of dozens of binders stacked next to a podium at a morning press conference. Really? "No, not really," he said, laughing. The actual occasion? Legislation the sponsors say will create a better business environment by shedding unnecessary regulations from the books. Senate Bill 366, co-authored by Democratic Sens. Ron Calderon and Fran Pavley...
  • Is it hard to do business in Berkeley?

    01/20/2011 3:40:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Berkeleyside ^ | 1/20/11 | Frances Dinkelspiel
    On May 5, 2010, Robin Dalrymple walked excitedly into Berkeley’s Planning Department to apply for a use permit. She wanted to convert the vacant Ritz Camera store on Solano Avenue into an ice cream parlor. Eight months later, her store is still not open. Veronica Bradley signed a lease in April 2010 to transform what had been Left Coast Cyclery on Domingo Avenue into a store selling olive oil from around the world. After working with five city departments — building and safety, health, zoning, public works and engineering, and fire prevention –she finally got a permit in November. The...
  • Obama Can’t Prove He’s American

    01/02/2011 1:00:02 PM PST · by opentalk · 668 replies
    drkates view ^ | December 28, 2010 | drkate
    Notwithstanding Obama’s lack of constitutional eligibility for the office he occupies as a direct result of his father’s citizenship, Obama can’t even prove he is an American. In fact the only thing we can confirm about Obama is that he is a foreigner–foreign to America, foreign to the english language, and ignorant of our history. At this late date, after millions of dollars spent, people mysteriously dying, and the jailing of a decorated Army officer–all of whom questioned Obama’s legality–any so called ‘birth certificate’ produced now is nothing more than suspect, and it is more than likely another faked document…a...
  • A Secretive Banking Elite Rules Trading in Derivatives

    12/13/2010 2:52:26 PM PST · by Chunga85 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 12/11/2010 | Louise Story
    On the third Wednesday of every month, the nine members of an elite Wall Street society gather in Midtown Manhattan. The men share a common goal: to protect the interests of big banks in the vast market for derivatives, one of the most profitable — and controversial — fields in finance. They also share a common secret: The details of their meetings, even their identities, have been strictly confidential. Drawn from giants like JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the bankers form a powerful committee that helps oversee trading in derivatives, instruments which, like insurance, are used to hedge...
  • Business lobby braces for new world under Gov. Jerry Brown

    12/12/2010 7:37:19 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/12/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's veto stamp killed the bill twice in the last two years, and the business community cheered. But last Monday it returned – a measure that would keep employers from looking into consumer credit reports as part of their hiring process. This time, much to the consternation of business leaders, Assembly Bill 22 might become law. "The general tenor of this office is that this bill has a better shot with Jerry Brown," said Haley Myers, legislative aide to the bill's author, Assemblyman Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia. Her assessment distills a worst-case scenario for California business interests that could...
  • Kamala Harris at center of Dems' galaxy of stars

    12/01/2010 8:16:23 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/1/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    No sooner did Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris declare victory than the stargazers of the political universe begin speculating where she will end up in California's Democratic constellation. Right in the center, was the short answer."She is going to have an incredibly long reach," said former state party Chairman Art Torres. "Her office will be in the forefront of everything from civil rights to the environment to consumer issues."She will certainly have no problem making national impact," Torres said.Judging by her victory speech Tuesday, Harris is already thinking big.Her bipartisan transition team features no fewer than two former U.S. secretaries of...
  • CALIFORNIA: Kamala Harris claims victory in attorney general race

    11/30/2010 12:44:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/30/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris claimed victory in the hard fought race for state attorney general today, the deadline for counties to finish counting votes. "We did it," said the Democrat, who will be the state's first female, first African-American and first Indian-American attorney general when she is sworn in next month. Speaking in front of a room full of supporters in Los Angeles, Harris listed tackling mortgage fraud, the state's 70 percent recidivism rate, environmental issues and civil rights as some of her priorities.
  • {Green Party} Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin criticized for bankruptcy filing

    10/06/2010 7:49:18 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/6/10 | Katherine Tam and Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin filed for bankruptcy shortly before she was elected to the City Council and sought to avoid paying $119,000 in credit card bills and student loans, arguing in court documents that she suffered serious psychiatric disabilities and could not hold a full-time job. The Richmond police and firefighters' unions, who oppose the 58-year-old mayor's re-election bid, unveiled a mailer, 30-second television ad and website Tuesday that contained these potentially damaging personal details. The unions, among other labor groups, have vowed to oust the one-term mayor, largely due to her opposition to the proposed Indian casino at Point...
  • You Must Love the EPA—Or Else!

    07/16/2010 3:56:30 PM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | , July 16, 2010 | Alan Caruba
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency comes as close to George Orwell’s version of Big Brother as any element of the federal government. It operates on a totally irrational basis, ignoring anything that even passes for real science. Through its regulatory power imposes insane mandates that drive up the cost of everything and is trying to drive major elements of energy provision out of business. What, for example, is the EPA doing offering “tips to protect eyes, skin from the Sun’s harmful rays”? Does the EPA sell sunscreen products? ...Charged with keeping the U.S. waters clean, why has the EPA launched...
  • 55 Percent of Likely Voters Find ‘Socialist’ an Accurate Label of Obama?

    07/09/2010 9:57:13 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | July 9, 2010 | Jim Geraghty
    The latest poll by Democracy Corps, the firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg, has Republicans leading on the generic ballot among likely voters, 48 percent to 42 percent. Deep in the poll, they ask, “Now, I am going to read you a list of words and phrases which people use to describe political figures. For each word or phrase, please tell me whether it describes Barack Obama very well, well, not too well, or not well at all.” On “too liberal,” 35 percent of likely voters say it describes Obama “very well,” 21 percent say “well,” 21 percent say...
  • Obama as anti-business moves into mainstream discussion

    07/08/2010 10:04:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/10 | Jon Ward
    The idea that President Obama is anti-business broke into the mainstream this week. It has long been a widely held view on the right that Obama’s rhetorical nods to the free market and American business were little more than that. But as Washington slowly staggered back to work this week following a long July 4 weekend, discussions of Obama’s troubled relationship with the private sector popped up with surprising frequency. Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria wrote Monday that after speaking with numerous corporate executives, most of whom voted for Obama, he found that “all think he is, at his core, anti-business.” Tuesday,...

    07/04/2010 9:46:58 AM PDT · by Stayfree
    Business Roundtable ^ | June 21, 2010 | Business Roundtable
    With a massive new health care law and financial reform legislation looming, companies are more worried than ever about the impact new regulations and legislation will have on their operations and their bottom line. Not knowing what to expect from these pending regulations, businesses are acting cautiously to forestall any negative impact. These actions are squelching economic growth and job creation, as companies are forced to freeze investments and hiring until they understand how they will be affected by these new mandates.
  • The President's Animosities (Disturbing re: Obama's Hugo Chavez-Like Antipathy Towards Business)

    06/17/2010 9:04:42 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 6 replies · 449+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/17/10 | Daniel Henninger
    The oil company formerly known as British Petroleum is starting to look kind of beaten up. So it goes when a business finds itself tossed into the ring with the current president of the United States. "We will make BP pay," Mr. Obama said Tuesday night. There is a mood in the land that BP is getting what it deserves. Maybe so. But players in the political game who've found it convenient to join the president in the BP bear-baiting should not delude themselves that BP is a free hit. In politics, nothing happens in isolation. The beating Mr. Obama...
  • Magazine mocks California as "the Venezuela of North America"

    05/13/2010 12:22:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies · 1,150+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/13/10 | Tom Abate
    When it comes to business climate, California ranks last among the states according to the latest attack on the rules and red tape despised by the respondents to a survey by CEO Magazine.
  • The ObamaCare tax hike that loses five times what it Brings in (Boeing -$150 Million Obamacare hit)

    03/31/2010 9:11:09 AM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies · 1,426+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 31, 2010 | David Freddoso
    We turn to the Wall Street Journal for the math on what it will cost to raise taxes on corporations’ retiree prescription drug coverage. This is the provision that has caused several corporations to take markdowns recently. The bottom line: by closing this “loophole” — which was originally created to dissuade companies from dumping retirees’ prescription costs into Medicare Part D — the government could lose more than five times what it brings in. The Employee Benefit Research Institute calculates that the 28% subsidy on average will run taxpayers $665 in 2011 and that the tax dispensation is worth $233....
  • The truth About Obama's liberal fascist healthcare plan

    03/26/2010 11:52:29 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 6 replies · 506+ views
    Mainestategop Blog ^ | 3/26/10 | MAINESTATEGOP
    Obama's health care reform bill is not really reform but corporate socialism that will bilk Americans out of more of their money for premiums and force them to pay more of their money to corporate health giants. Not only this it will curtail our civil liberties and lead us into socialist despotism. In a previous article I pointed out that this tragedy was inevitable that America would eventually have some kind of universal insurance Like in Britain or mandated insurance like in Massachusetts. In fact the bill is like Massachusetts health care but far far worse. Liberal elitists in the...
  • Leaving Corporate America

    11/29/2009 4:00:13 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 660+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2009 | John Dietrich
    We are at the mercy of economic "experts." These practitioners of the "dismal science" are managing large sectors of our economy in accordance with theories learned in Ivy League Universities. They have assured us that the lessons learned from the Great Depression will prevent another such occurrence. The problem is that every forecast by an economic expert can be matched by an equal and opposite forecast. Often these conflicting forecasts are made by the same individual. Economist Howard S. Katz provides an explanation for this situation in his book, The Paper Aristocracy: "Modern economics claims to be a science. This...
  • Dan Walters: California's port dominance slipping away

    11/15/2009 2:02:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 695+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/15/9 | Dan Walters
    As America's trade with the Far East – principally China – expanded massively during the 1980s and 1990s, California reaped the benefits as the gateway for both exports and imports. With trade emerging as a major component of the state's very diverse economy, traffic and payrolls blossomed at its major ports. California now is mired in its worst recession since the Great Depression, and international trade has been seriously damaged. Imports and exports through the state's air and sea ports, the most recent Department of Commerce data show, are running at least one-fifth below last year's already depressed levels. Exports...
  • Milken report praises Texas, pans California

    11/14/2009 10:04:59 AM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 446+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/13/9 | Dan Walters
    The Milken Institute is based in Southern California, but its annual survey of business conditions in the nation's cities has almost nothing good to say about California. It heaps praise on Texas - the Austin area was ranked No. 1 on Milken's list of "best-performing cities," released today, while three other Texas cities were listed in the top five, with only No. 3 Salt Lake City cracking that elite list. Cities in recession-wracked California, meanwhile, saw their rankings decline - especially those hit hard by the collapse of the housing market. "Metropolitan areas with a high exposure to durable manufacturing...
  • An Anti-Business President: Profit is without honor in Obama's view.

    06/13/2009 9:38:44 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 735+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 22, 2009 | Fred Barnes
    Is President Obama anti-business? The obvious answer is yes. Yet he insists he's a free-market guy who hates "meddling in the private sector" but has been forced to. So in deciding whether he's anti-business, let's be fair and judge Obama by nonideological and nonpartisan standards. I have four criteria: his appointments, his policies, his decisions, and his own words. Democratic presidents are not famous for appointing businessmen, merchants, or entrepreneurs to their cabinet or senior White House staff. These are people who have started or run private businesses, created jobs, met payrolls, and made profits. Thus they might be sensitive...